One of the oldest cities in China, the capital city of Shaanxi Xi’an has made a huge step forward to promote green transportation. As part of its green transportation program, the city has introduced 200 electric taxis, to replace conventional taxis by the end of the year.
In the city, there are 6,461 dual-fuel taxis currently in operation, along with 8,124 methanal and electric vehicles, will be gradually phased out and replaced by methanol and electric vehicles in the city’s pursuit of becoming China’s first emission-free, ecological city. “We aim to eradicate emissions and replace the scourge of pollution completely from the city, and one major contributor to greenhouse emissions is traditional methods of transportation,” expressed Wang Jian, Director of the Xi’an Taxi Administration. “The introduction of environmentally friendly policies and green travel into Xi’an is a fundamental requirement to protect the environment and create a better future, that we aim to achieve by the end of 2019.”
The newly-launched, lotus green electric taxis use high energy density, lithium-ion batteries with a life-span of 405 kilometers. The batteries can receive a charge of up to 50 kW and are compatible with the cities existing infrastructure, allowing drivers to charge their vehicles conveniently across the region.
Compared to currently in-use dual fuel taxis, the new pure electric models are quieter, more stable and cheaper to operate. Removing the gas tank in the boot of the car also provides travelers with a more spacious and convenient travel experience.
The launch benefits passengers and drivers alike. The cost of charging an electric taxi is significantly lower than the cost of filling a taxi with traditional fuels, which can increase the net income for drivers. The city is also working with vehicle suppliers to improve after-sales services. At present, the taxi manufacturer has 12 new energy vehicle sales stores and ten after-sales service stores with new energy vehicle maintenance capabilities in Xi’an, providing 24-hour uninterrupted rescue service, as well as a 600,000 km long warranty for motor, electric control and battery.
The program is adding more clean energy to the already-running green update in the city. More than 327 electric taxis were put into operation in Xi’an in the past three years, and 4699 methanol taxis are now serving the city’s residents from last December.